1914 Season News

1914 debuted the short-lived Federal League after John T. Powers of Chicago convinced a group of entrepreneurs that the growing popularity of baseball could support a third major league. Eight teams entered the inaugural season with clubs based in Brooklyn, Chicago, St. Louis and Pittsburgh as well as Baltimore, Kansas City, Buffalo and Indianapolis which had been the home for AAA teams. All eight cities constructed brand new ballparks including the Chicago Whales who played in what would eventually be known as Wrigley Field.

On June 9th at the Baker Bowl, Pittsburgh Pirate legend Honus Wagner joined Cap Anson as the only other member of the "3,000 Hit Club". Wagner collected the game-winning double off the Philadelphia Phillies' Erskine Mayer in the ninth-inning of his two-thousand three-hundred thirty second game.

Pittsburgh and New York went head-to-head for a twenty-one innings on July 17th before Larry Doyle's two-run home run sealed a 3-1 Giants victory over the Pirates. The Forbes Field marathon set a Major League mark as the longest "non-walk game" in the history of organized baseball.

A joint committee representing both the American and National Leagues voted that a "runner touched or held by a coach while rounding third base was officially out" and that "coaches could now assist other members of their team, not just the base runners". Pitchers were also allowed to stand on the rubber (vs. standing behind the rubber until ready to pitch) and base runners were no longer permitted to run on an infield fly. A motion to eliminate the intentional walk was also rejected along with an attempt to legalize Sunday baseball in Massachusetts.
1914 American League
Team Record GB
Philadelphia Athletics 99-53 -
Boston Red Sox 91-62 8.5
Washington Senators 81-73 19.0
Detroit Tigers 80-73 19.5
St. Louis Browns 71-82 28.5
New York Yankees 70-84 30.0
Chicago White Sox 70-84 30.0
Cleveland Naps 51-102 48.5
1914 National League
Team Record GB
Boston Braves 94-59 -
New York Giants 84-70 10.5
St. Louis Cardinals 81-72 13.0
Chicago Cubs 78-76 16.5
Brooklyn Robins 75-79 19.5
Philadelphia Phillies 74-80 20.5
Pittsburgh Pirates 69-85 25.5
Cincinnati Reds 60-94 34.5
1914 Federal League
Team Record GB
Indianapolis Hoosiers 88-65 -
Chicago Chi-Feds 87-67 1.5
Baltimore Terrapins 84-70 4.5
Buffalo Buffeds 80-71 7.0
Brooklyn Tip-Tops 77-77 11.5
Kansas City Packers 67-84 20.0
Pittsburgh Rebels 64-86 22.5
St. Louis Terriers 62-89 25.0
American League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Philadelphia Athletics 99 53 0.651 749 4.93 529 3.48 29 18 0.272 0.342 0.352 2.78 521 720 0.966 116
Boston Red Sox 91 62 0.595 589 3.85 510 3.33 18 18 0.250 0.315 0.338 2.36 393 602 0.963 99
Washington Senators 81 73 0.526 572 3.71 519 3.37 18 20 0.244 0.307 0.320 2.54 520 784 0.961 116
Detroit Tigers 80 73 0.523 615 4.02 618 4.04 25 17 0.258 0.331 0.344 2.86 498 567 0.958 101
St. Louis Browns 71 82 0.464 523 3.42 615 4.02 17 20 0.243 0.301 0.319 2.85 540 553 0.952 114
New York Yankees 70 84 0.455 537 3.49 550 3.57 12 30 0.229 0.309 0.287 2.81 390 563 0.962 93
Chicago White Sox 70 84 0.455 487 3.16 560 3.64 19 15 0.239 0.296 0.311 2.48 401 660 0.957 90
Cleveland Naps 51 102 0.333 538 3.52 709 4.63 10 10 0.245 0.305 0.312 3.21 666 688 0.954 119
National League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Boston Braves 94 59 0.614 657 4.29 548 3.58 35 38 0.251 0.317 0.335 2.74 477 606 0.963 143
New York Giants 84 70 0.545 672 4.36 576 3.74 30 47 0.265 0.324 0.348 2.94 367 563 0.961 119
St. Louis Cardinals 81 72 0.529 558 3.65 540 3.53 33 26 0.248 0.309 0.333 2.38 422 531 0.964 109
Chicago Cubs 78 76 0.506 605 3.93 638 4.14 42 37 0.243 0.312 0.337 2.71 528 651 0.951 87
Brooklyn Robins 75 79 0.487 622 4.04 618 4.01 31 36 0.269 0.319 0.355 2.82 466 605 0.961 112
Philadelphia Phillies 74 80 0.481 651 4.23 687 4.46 62 26 0.263 0.326 0.361 3.06 452 650 0.950 81
Pittsburgh Pirates 69 85 0.448 503 3.27 540 3.51 18 27 0.233 0.290 0.303 2.70 392 488 0.966 96
Cincinnati Reds 60 94 0.390 530 3.44 651 4.23 16 30 0.236 0.298 0.300 2.94 489 607 0.952 113
Federal League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Indianapolis Hoosiers 88 65 0.575 762 4.98 622 4.07 33 29 3.06 476 664 0.957 113
Chicago Chi-Feds 87 67 0.565 621 4.03 517 3.36 52 43 2.44 393 650 0.962 113
Baltimore Terrapins 84 70 0.545 645 4.19 628 4.08 32 34 3.13 392 732 0.960 105
Buffalo Buffeds 80 71 0.530 620 4.11 602 3.99 38 45 3.16 505 662 0.962 109
Brooklyn Tip-Tops 77 77 0.500 662 4.30 677 4.40 42 31 3.33 559 636 0.956 120
Kansas City Packers 67 84 0.444 644 4.26 683 4.52 39 37 3.41 445 600 0.957 135
Pittsburgh Rebels 64 86 0.427 605 4.03 698 4.65 34 39 3.56 444 510 0.960 92
St. Louis Terriers 62 89 0.411 565 3.74 697 4.62 26 38 3.59 409 661 0.957 94